ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 8/7/12
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Aroma: It has caramel, toffee, roasted malts, peat, alcohol, some spice (maybe nutmeg?), and fruity notes
Appearance: It pours a clear dark orange-mahogany color with a small beige head and good lacing
Flavor: It tastes mid-plus sweet, heavy malty, with some balance spice, alcohol flavors, and some dark fruit
Palate: The body is fairly full, with a slightly sticky texture, a smooth feel, light heat, and a lingering finish
I was fairly impressed by this one, as I have been with quite a few of the beers from the Leviathan series. This is a near top of style example of a scotch ale for me. Thanks for ending a pretty long mediocre run of scotch ales for me Harpoon, this one reminds me of what this style can be. (This is the best one I’ve rated since Sheep Eater back in Feb of 2011.)
12oz Bottle. Thanks Adam! Boozalicious butterscotch nose, with some strange almost-Acetone and banana notes. Odd. Maybe from the peated malt? The bananas and acetone still show really strongly on the front end of this, with a pile of booze. What are these flavors doing in my Scotch Ale? This is gross. Sticky corn syrup caramel lingers and filtering strips out the rest of the palate. What a disturbed, yet bland, mess. jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
12 oz bottle-pours copper with a tan head. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/caramel/molasses, some citrus? Taste is sweet medium malt-roasty/caramel/molasses, syrupy, some citrus/spice hops. Better at cellar temp. luttonm (6547) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Draft at Harpoon Tasting Room. Heavy copper, scotch ale looking. Rich alc, sour malt bite. Rich, but too fresh. Banana, chocolate. Not most refined. GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours a copper/amber color with little head. Aroma is sweet malt, dried fruits and caramel. Taste is very similar. The body is medium and the finish is slightly bitter and lingers for a little bit. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Overall this beer is nothing special.
mcmisko (358) - New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Pours amber with no head. Smells like caramel malts and booze. Taste is sweet and alcoholic with caramel malts, grains and a little leather. Dry finish. Alcoholic after taste. thornecb (5987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Pours deep, clear mahogany into a thistle. Vanilla head with medium retention recedes to nothing leaving spot lacing. Caramel aromas. Sweet vanilla and toffee upfront turning to hot maple syrup in the lasting burn finish. AdamChandler (5113) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Light brown. SRM of. 20
Sweet and caramel like malts. Pineapple.
Hmm. This is big. Very bit malts. Dark fruits and old hops. Borderline barley wine in sweetness and body.
60/40 carbonation. Heavy body. 75/100. Needs age. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Wow. Smells EXACTLY like a dopplebock. Flavor is lots of plum and dark rum and more dopplebock. I don’t get the smokey, or peaty, and it comes across as just a little booze. Good beer, but not a scotch ale to me. rocbyter (2134) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Sweet strong caramel aroma. Clear orange-red color with a medium tan head. Strong sweet flavor throughout with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Typical strong Harpoon alcohol.